New Orleans (CNN) – Another straw poll victory for Rep. Ron Paul. A surprise second place finish in the vote by former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. And very well received speeches by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Related: Obama impersonator speaks out against GOP claims of inappropriate jokes
But all were possibly overshadowed by the most bizarre moment of the Republican Leadership Conference 2011, the performance of a President Barack Obama impersonator who was pulled from the stage after delivering some controversial jokes.
Brown made a series of jokes at the president's expense, at one point showing a picture of the main characters from the 1970s television show "Sanford and Son" to illustrate what Obama and the First Lady would look like after leaving office.
After Brown began to make jokes at the expense of some Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner and some of the GOP presidential hopefuls, he was pulled off stage by RLC organizers, who said the performance had gone too far and was getting inappropriate.
The episode served as a distraction from the GOP's goal of nominating a candidate who can defeat the president in next year's election.
While on the surface it sounded cute; giving valuable time to a hired, Obama impersonator actually trivializes this Republican conference and the GOP itself.
There's a song with the lyrics "what was I thinkin?" So I ask all of you, what were you thinking to have even booked such an act for a Leadership (?) conference? What kind of leadership were you going to develop? You're a sorry bunch if you think making fun of the President is going to get a Republican back in the White House in 2012. There's ample factual data to demonstrate that the country is headed in the wrong direction – and that's not funny. Then I see Jon Stewart give Chris Wallace a verbal thrashing on Fox News today. Stewart is using his comedic skills to bash republications – you'd have done better by watching reruns of his show for learning how to be heard. Come on, we need better.
It figures that the republicans would be ok with the poor taste jokes said about Obama, but as soon as he starts talking about their own, they have to pull him off stage... Way to show good sportsmanship there GOP and RLC organizers.
I watched the debate, and I didnt see anything good from any of the candidates there, Ron Paul is the only one who seems to tell it straight, but he is too crazy to ever win.
So, it's okay to make racist jokes at the President's expense, but not to poke fun at the conservative candidates? Pretty typical for the GOP, I'd say.
That's how they win elections. Distractions. It's on purpose.
Seems that all of the jokes are funny until one of them is about a republican. These people believe that republicans are above average Americans, and therefore jokes about them are off limits.
As usual, they can dish it but they can't take it.
Looks like I will vote Democrat the next Presidential election, Republicans have gone too far. Here is one vote less for your candidate
"who said the performance had gone too far and was getting inappropriate"
Pretty much the entire GOP circus act is inappropriate. The only reason they pulled Brown off stage is because he started in on the GOPs. If he only goes after Obama everything is fair game, go after the GOP he's yanked off immediately. The GOP has lowered themselves to a bunch of immature, cynical, and foolish clowns.
so it became inappropriate when he made a joke about a republican? but the racist innuendos about Obama are completely acceptable? give me a break.
He was funny when telling Obama jokes, not so much when he turned on the GOP. Typical GOP didn't do their homework. They were probably just giddy with this hire because he said he would joke on Obama and didn't even think to ask about the rest of his routine. The jokes on them. LOL
Oh, it's fine to make fun of the democrats, but as soon as the comic starts in on the republicans–he's gone to far and now it's inappropriate. How typical.
So wait a minute - someone at a conference where there are people who support politicians who say things like "that statement wasn't meant to be factual" - even when it was full well known that the statement was being laid down into the congressional record, people who support a candidate that can't tell Concord NH from Concord MA - find that a comedian went too far?
He was pulled off stage after they thought the performance had gone too far and was getting inappropriate. So, did they take him backstage and waterboard him? The Teapublicans can give out sarcasm and humor but they sure can't take it.
"Leadership Conference" is a misnomer. There hasn't been one Republican in the last 100 years who has shown anything that even vaguely resembles leadership. Yes, that in cludes the Great Fake, Ronald W, Reagan... dealing out BS is not leadership. One possible exceptin: Eisenhower.
The GOP digs themselves a deeper hole top climb out of!
So the jokes only became inappropriate when they were about republicans? Typical thin-skin-cry-baby-american-taliban idiots.
For you people who keep voting for Ron Paul just keep doing so if you want to see Obama reelected in 2012.. You're all a bunch of idiots!!!
Republicans are so stupid that I will not even comment on this article....
"After Brown began to make jokes at the expense of some Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner and some of the GOP presidential hopefuls, he was pulled off stage by RLC organizers, who said the performance had gone too far and was getting inappropriate." Can't make fun of the GOP buffoons, but can still get laughs with that birther nonsense they made up.
.....this guy shoudl be the headliner at the next def comedy jam!! Can't wait to see OB out on the street after the next election.
Jokes comparing the President to an uneducated junk collector–funny. Jokes about Boehner and Republican presidential candidates–now you've gone to far, get off the stage!